Aoyama to race with number 7
5 January 2010 – Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama will ride using the number 7 for his first season in MotoGP's top class this year. His choice to race with the number comes as a tribute to late compatriot Daijiro Kato.
"My favourite number is the 74 of Kato," the Emmi Caffé Latte Team Honda rider explained. "In 2009 I used 4, a part of that number - from now on I'll use 7, the other part of Kato's number."
Following the tragic death of Kato in 2003, the number 74 was removed from MotoGP as a mark of respect.